661. Robert Southey to William Taylor, 26 February 1802

661. Robert Southey to William Taylor, 26 February 1802 ⁠* 

My dear friend

Last night John May transmitted to me your letter. as it is now on its way back I infer that an answer from me will reach you one day sooner than it could from him, – & hope delayed I know by experience to be among the damnabilia – the Ahriman-works [1]  of this world. So Harry gets his first passport [2]  – & I wish him well thro the next stages <xxxxxxxx> of Mr Martineau [3]  & the Secretary of State. Moreover the quarterage shall not embarrass him. he shall have another when I receive mine. this is not due till Midsummer – but will perhaps be paid at Ladyday in advance, as heretofore. in either case he not in time for his going. there will be no harm in this – & you hint at the utility of empty pockets in Paris. just at his age I had planned a weeks amusement in France, & actually embarked twice from Rye. the wind prevented my voyage – & this is one of the very <few> circumstances in my life which I remember with regret. [4] 

xxxxx xxxx

I long to show you the λεωυες μεγιοτοι [5]  of my catalogue – Davy & Coleridge & Rickman, whom we expect in town.

Thank you for helping a lame dog over a stile in the Monthly Magazine. [6]  x & thank you William Taylor for your kindness to Harry – as warmly & truly & affectionately as he himself can do it –

God bless you.

Robert Southey.

26 Feby. 1802.

35. Strand.

N.B. cigars in the cupboard, whatever I may deserve on this head – exit in fumum [7]  will be the end of it I hope.


* Address: To/ Mr Wm Taylor Junr/ Surry Street/ Norwich./ Single
Stamped: 449 STRAND
Postmark: AFE/ 17/ 1802
MS: Huntington Library, HM 4834. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: J. W. Robberds (ed.), A Memoir of the Life and Writings of the Late William Taylor of Norwich, 2 vols (London, 1843), I, pp. 399-400. BACK

[1] In Zoroastrianism, the destructive spirit. BACK

[2] Henry Herbert Southey accompanied William Taylor on a visit to France in the summer of 1802. BACK

[3] Henry Herbert Southey was studying medicine under the tutelage of the distinguished surgeon Philip Meadows Martineau (1752-1829), a member of a family of prominent Norwich Unitarians. BACK

[4] This adventure occurred when Southey was visiting the Lamb family at Rye in c. June 1792. BACK

[5] The Greek translates as ‘biggest lions’. BACK

[6] Taylor’s review of Thalaba the Destroyer (1801) had appeared in Monthly Magazine, 12 (Supplement, 1801), 581-583. BACK

[7] The Latin translates as ‘goes up in smoke’. BACK

People mentioned

Davy, Humphry (1778–1829) (mentioned 1 time)
Rickman, John (1771–1840) (mentioned 1 time)
May, John (1775–1856) (mentioned 1 time)
Taylor, William (1765–1836) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

35 Strand, London (mentioned 1 time)